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Qualities to Look For when Choosing a Criminal Defense Attorney

When you are searching for a criminal defense attorney, you need to know what attributes you should be seeking. An excellent criminal defense lawyer has the ability to ensure that you receive a fair trial. Without one, you are at a significant disadvantage in the criminal justice system. By choosing an attorney with the following attributes, you are giving yourself the best chance of winning your case.

Knowledge of the Law

As a result of 1963's Gideon vs. Wainwright decision, all defendants have a legal guarantee to an attorney. However, this in no way guarantees that one attorney will be as knowledgeable as another. Statistics clearly show that trial outcomes vary widely according to the competence of the defense attorney, and one of the most basic and important requirements you should demand is great familiarity with both the law and the criminal justice system itself.

Willingness to Research

Not even the best attorney can maintain current familiarity with all laws. In fact, no complete list of laws has ever been successfully completed. At any given time, an estimated 305,000 laws can be criminally enforced, so an attorney must be willing to do exhaustive research.


A dishonest attorney helps nobody. You need a lawyer who will work within the law to get you a fair trial. A good lawyer does not break the law but uses it to the advantage of a client.

Personal Presence

The courtroom can be an intimidating place. Your attorney must be personable, yet bold. Because your attorney will be representing you, you need to pick one that reflects your best qualities. Contact The Lopes Law Firm at (404) 589-9000 or to request a consultation. We're here to help you!